Grant Burgoyne

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Grant Burgoyne
Current candidacy
Running for Idaho State Senate, District 16
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Idaho House of Representatives District 16A
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 6
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Idaho
J.D.University of Kansas Law School
BirthdayAugust 9, 1953
Place of birthKetchikan, AK
ProfessionManaging Partner, Mauk & Burgoyne
Office website
Grant Burgoyne (b. August 9, 1953) is a Democratic member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 16A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Burgoyne is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 16 of the Idaho State Senate.


Burgyone earned his B.S. from the University of Idaho and his J.D. from the University of Kansas. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Burgoyne served on the following committees:

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary, Rules, and Administration
Revenue and Taxation
Ways and Means


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Burgoyne served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Burgoyne served on these committees:


Selling the Governor's mansion

Grant Burgoyne drafted legislation that would force the state to sell the Governor's mansion. Self-made billionaire J.R. Simplot donated the Simplot Mansion to the state in December of 2004.

“I intend to introduce legislation to sell the governor’s mansion if I am re-elected,” said Burgoyne in an Oct. 28 debate with Perez.

This hilltop home boasts a nice view of Boise and was valued at $2.8 million Simplot gave it to the state. It is unused at this time.

The fund paying for upkeep of the house – mowing, watering, and electricity – is running out. The fund, money saved from the sale of a previous governor’s mansion, began with $1.5 million in the coffers, but has since dwindled to a little more than $1 million, according to reports.

Robert Geddes said that anyone working on legislation to sell the mansion should be respectful to the Simplot family. “Is it an option to sell it?” asked Geddes.

“Yes, I think that’s an option, but we need to extend courtesy to the Simplot family and ask them about it. Maybe even offer it back to them,” said Geddes.[1]

Storage company business

Idaho plans to own and operate a storage company business.

“It’s a direct affront to our understanding of the clear distinctions between private/public activities,” wrote Michael T. Scanlon Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Washington,D.C.-based Self Storage Association.

"It’s socialism," State Rep. Burgoyne said. "That is a piece of socialism, when the government operates a for-profit business. That’s what socialism is.” He said: “I will just say I’m troubled by the endowment’s venturing into operating businesses … It’s something to be approached with great caution.”

The state has owned buildings in downtown Boise since 1998, so it plans to use them for commercial storage, charging a price.[2]

Higher education

Rep. Jeff Thompson sponsored the measure to fund the four-year public universities and colleges with $209 million in FY 2012, which passed on a 47-21 vote during the 2011 session. That budget is a $7.6 million reduction from fiscal year 2011.

Though state support dropped, budgets for universities and colleges increased by about 5 percent, because of the addition of various funding measures, including student fees. In fiscal year 2011, this budget received $377.6 million in total funding, a number that will jump to $396.7 million in fiscal year 2012.

Rep. Thomas Trail said professors are fleeing the state for other institutions.

“We are just not adequately supporting higher education” said Trail.

Rep. Phylis King said businesses often open new operations in areas of the country that are able to provide an educated workforce. King argued that continual education cuts would cause businesses to be wary to move to the Gem State.

“We are not providing that [an educated workforce] when we cut * Education,” said King.

Rep. Burgoyne said “our best and brightest are leaving us” because of cuts. He said that the state is not funding enough education to keep up with the global economy. “America must be No. 1, but we are not doing our job,” said Burgoyne.[3]



See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Grant Burgoyne was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Joel Robinson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Burgoyne will face Robinson in the general election.[4][5][6]


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Burgoyne won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 16A. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Lee-Mark Ruff (R) and Jeffrey Laing (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 16A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGrant Burgoyne Incumbent 54% 10,158
     Republican Lee-Mark Ruff 38.4% 7,230
     Libertarian Jeffrey Laing 7.6% 1,427
Total Votes 18,815


See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Burgoyne won re-election to District Seat 16A in 2010 against Republican Ralph D. Perez. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[9]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 16A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Grant Burgoyne (D) 5,934 52.7%
Ralph Perez (R) 5,319 47.3%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Grand Burgoyne won the election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 16A receiving 55,7% of the vote (9,096 votes), ahead of Republican Joan Cloonan who received 44.3% of the vote (7,225 votes).[10]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 16A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Grand Burgoyne (D) 9,096 55.7%
Joan Cloonan (R) 7,225 44.3%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Burgoyne is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Burgoyne raised a total of $104,036 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[11]

Grant Burgoyne's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho House, District 16A Won $27,810
2010 Idaho House, District 16A Won $30,623
2008 Idaho House, District 16A Won $45,603
Grand Total Raised $104,036


Burgoyne won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Burgoyne raised a total of $27,810.
Idaho House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Grant Burgoyne's campaign in 2012
Idaho Trial Lawyers Association$2,000
Couer D Alene Tribe$1,500
Idaho Education Association$1,000
Tudy Pederson$1,000
Winning for Idaho$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$27,810
Source:[ Follow the Money]


In 2010, a year in which Burgoyne was up for re-election, he collected $30,623 in donations.[12]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Grant Burgoyne's campaign in 2010
Burgoyne, Grant Thomas$3,038
Idaho Education Association$2,000
Idaho Trial Lawyers Association$2,000
Pedersen, Trudy$1,500
Coeur D Alene Tribe$1,500
Total Raised in 2010 $30,623


In 2008, Burgoyne raised $45,603.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign.[13]

Donor Amount
Grant Burgoyne $18,388
Idaho Trial Lawyers Association $2,000
Idaho Education Association $2,000
Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho $1,500
Bruce C. Dowlin $1,000
Les Bock for District 16 Representative B $1,000
Trudy Pedersen $1,000
Verna Peisen $1,000
William L. Mauk $1,000
Lexamis & Janis Hepworth CTD $1,000
Cari F. Wurster $1,000
Chasan & Walton $1,000


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Idaho

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Idaho scorecards, email suggestions to

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.


In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[14]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "impacting economic freedom in the state."


In 2012, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[15]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

Idaho Freedom Index

The Idaho Freedom Foundation, an Idaho-based, nonprofit educational research institute, released its "Idaho Freedom Index" in 2013. The index intended to show how Idaho legislators voted on the principles the Foundation seeks to promote. It measured each state legislator based on two tiers, which include whether legislators voted for or against bills that would create or eliminate government agencies, programs, and regulations, and bills that would impact the free market in a positive or negative way. Scores ranged from the highest possible score for members of the state Senate (194 points) and for members of the state House (180 points). A higher score indicated that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Foundation.[16] Burgoyne received a score of -82 points in the 2013 index, ranking 69th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


Burgoyne and his wife, Christy, have two children.

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